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No justification for language spending

It recently came to my notice that application forms for an Irish passport are printed entirely in English.

This would seem to bear out the fact that virtually the entire native born population of Northern Ireland is fully conversant with English and has no need of communications in Irish, never mind in the English dialect, Ulster-Scots.

I am a firm supporter of the cultural importance of both, but cannot find any logical justification for the vastly increased expenditure from a very stretched public purse which would be inevitable, if the existing financial support for both were to be increased to the levels which would be necessary to meet putative demands for a range of official communications to be conducted in both.

TD Johnston


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